This week our guest is Tokyo-based writer, David Marx, who recently wrote Status and Culture: How Our Desire for Social Rank Creates Taste, Identity, Art, Fashion, and Constant Change.
In this episode, we explore the ideas at the heart of David’s book as they relate to the modern technological paradigm we find ourselves in. In other words, how has the digital world shaped our cultural behavior and how we compare ourselves with others. This leads to discussing topics around social media status comparisons, how information abundance has undermined expertise as a status symbol, the ways in which cancel culture might reflect a shift in cultural currency, the impacts of rapidly changing trends, and much more.
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